Aigle, master rubber craftsman since 1853, continues to hand make their boots in France perpetuating a unique know-how in the protection of man in nature.
Aigle, French for eagle, is a French footwear and textile company founded in 1853 as the Compagnie du Caoutchouc Souple in Montargis by the American businessman Hiram Hutchinson. He had acquired the licence to the then newly developed vulcanization process which allows us to transform rubber so that it can withstand variations in temperature without becoming brittle in cold or sticky in heat. Apply that to making rubber shoes and boots, since then, they have developed into master natural rubber craftsman.
In Ingrandes, France at least 220 master bootmakers work by hand to execute and oversee every step of the process, shaping the rubber and bringing each boot to life. With this sort of attention to detail the quality is assured as each stage of the manufacturing is observed. Each pair of boots is subjected to the most stringent waterproofing tests to keep you dry – whether you’re caught in the rain, jumping in a puddle or with both feet deep in the water. Every pair follows a meticulous verification process before leaving their factory.